I just completed an amazing 2 week retreat and have emerged with a deeper sense of myself and some valuable clarity about my life’s direction. Where did I go?… India?… Tibet?… to a cabin deep in the woods? None of the above. I stayed home, and I even worked (some). It didn’t start out consciously as a retreat, just some precious time to myself while both my beloved boys (husband and stepson) were away. But because of what I chose to do with that time I emerged feeling like I had gone far away to dig into the depths of my soul. Really I had only done the depth of my soul part. I didn’t need to dig deep, because it was waiting to open up into the space I gave it. My authentic rhythms came to the surface and I danced to the feel of my own heart beating in a way that I hadn’t done in a long long time. My own inner retreat helped me integrate the balance I have been cultivating in my daily life and plant it more deeply and permanently inside my soul. It wasn’t about escaping but being present from moment to moment… Heart beat to heart beat. .. and allowing it to show me who I am and what is important to bring on the next leg of my journey.
Sometimes it’s necessary to remove yourself from your environment to go inside yourself. Sometimes your environment is necessary to have around you when you go deep inside. It can inform you of your bearings and support you while you slip deeper inside yourself.
In the next post I’ll tell you about how to prepare for an inner retreat from the comfort of your own home.